The Briefly for September 18, 2019 – The “Is Astoria the Coolest Neighborhood in the City?” Edition

How to make congestion pricing work, National Grid continues to hold customers’ service hostage, everyone hates the new license plates, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Elizabeth Warren hit Washington Square Park on Monday night to give a presidential speech on corruption. (NY Times)

Kopitiam is the only restaurant in the city to be on Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. (Grub Street)

Time Out put together a list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods to visit in the world. On the list? Astoria. Here are three spots in Astoria to visit.(Time Out)

How will congestion pricing pay for the MTA’s 2020-2024 capital plan? A flat fee of $6.62 that could go up to $9.18 during the day and $3.06 at night and with no exceptions. (Gothamist)

Uber and Lyft drivers are showing their true power over the city with a protest against Uber and Lyft’s non-compliance with the state’s minimum wage laws by driving slowly in packs down some of the city’s busiest roads like FDR Drive and the Brooklyn Bridge. (Gothamist)

If you don’t have $11 million on hand, you can still see what an 11-room residence looks like in the Dakota on West 72nd Street. (6sqft)

The Department of Transportation is installing 50 public charging stations for electric vehicles across the city with each station being able to charge two vehicles. (Jackson Heights Post)

Six places to go apple picking near the city without a car. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I am unequivocally against, and will never, ever, allow Industry City to move forward with a rezoning proposal through ULURP in the form that they submitted to the City Planning Commission in February earlier this year.” – City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (Curbed)

Turns out 60% of voters polled are opposed to the new rule to replace license plates over ten years old. 75% of voters polled oppose the $25 fee for the newly designed plates. (Patch)

Donald Trump’s childhood home is up for auction in Queens. You’ve got until November 14 to bid. (Curbed)

National Grid continues to hold customers’ gas service hostage in protest of the state’s rejection of the billion-dollar Williams Pipeline that would terminate in the Rockaways over concerns it could contaminate the New York Harbor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here are the views from the top of the city’s tallest residential building. (Curbed)

Is Sunnyside Yards the next Hudson Yards? (Greenpointers)

A food tour of Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro. (6sqft)

Rates of violence in Rikers Island is up across the board, including violence between inmates, inmates assaults against staff, use of force against prisoners, and use of force against adolescent inmates. (Politico)

The ten oldest and intact cemeteries in the city. (Untapped Cities)

The city has spent $673 million on NYC Ferry but hasn’t spent a dime on Citi Bikes. NYC Ferry averages 17,842 riders per day, Citi Bike recently hit a new record of 91,529 trips on Thursday, September 5. (Streetsblog)

Here’s who over 100 people will be crawling down 1.5 miles on Manhattan’s streets this weekend. (Untapped Cities)

26 of the Upper East Side’s best bars and resaurants. (Eater)

thanks to reader The Unisphere from Lindsey for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 17, 2019 – The “Can $51 Billion Fix the Subways?” Edition

NY has subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns, the best fast-casual in Midtown, ShaneGillis was fired from SNL, the MTA’s fraudulent on-time numbers, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

All 1.1 million NYC students will be excused on Friday if they skip school to participate in the nationwide protests ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit. (NY Times)

The citywide ban on cashless businesses has stalled, with the bill’s co-sponsors optimistically calling it “not dead.” (King’s County Politics)

A dive into the freshly released $51 billion MTA Capital Plan. (Second Ave Sagas)

The MTA Capital Plan incorporates many of Andy Byford’s ideas from his Fast Forward plan. (Gothamist)

The plan will pay for signals will be installed on 11 subway lines. (Patch)

The next phase of the Second Ave Subway is included in the plan. (6sqft)

What to know about Governor Cuomo’s flavored vape ban. (amNY)

The express F train is no longer a surprise, as of this week the F train express returns for two trains in each direction during morning and afternoon commutes. (amNY)

If you want to own a piece of Anthony Boudain’s life, his possessions are going to be auctioned off online next month. The money raised will go to his family and to a scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in his name. (Grub Street)

Remember the MTA’s announcement that their service is improving? Those numbers have been historically fraudulent. (Signal Problems)

Governor Cuomo’s attempt to handle the homeless population on the subways with finger-pointing highlights the blind eye he’s turned toward’s the state’s homeless problem. (Gothamist)

Sitting on the wall of Keens Steakhouse is a bloody and possibly cursed playbill from the Ford Theater from the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat omakase sushi for less than $100. (The Infatuation)

How the U.N. General Assembly will screw up traffic this month. (Curbed)

Inside the fight to rezone and revitalize Crown Heights. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

It’s no longer a question of when. State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed eight years of tax returns from President Trump from his personal and corporate accounting firm. (NY Times)

The lawsuit over 80 Flatbush Ave’s development between the 400 & 500 State Street Block Association and Alloy Development was privately settled, paving a clear road for demolition and construction to begin in the spring. (Curbed)

The worry over moving New York’s presidential primary is over. The governor signed a bill that, once again, moves the primary to April. (QNS)

Video: A look at how Fay Da Bakery became the most iconic Chinese bakery in New York City. (Viewing NYC)

SNL un-hired Shane Gillis for his past racist and homophobic comments. (Gothamist)

Want to get into the spirit of San Gennaro without, you know, actually going to San Gennaro? Here are seven alternatives, from restaurants to pastry shops. (amNY)

Yesterday’s Briefly linked to a story about how 25% of the city’s luxury apartments built since 2013 have never been sold. Consider 432 Park a monument to that stat as it becomes the tallest residential building in the world. (Gothamist)

20 outstanding fast-casual restaurants in Midtown. (Eater)

Thanks to @miner0727 for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 16, 2019 – The “JUUL Miss Me When I’m Gone” Edition

Late-night subway disruptions, the MTA’s ballooning budget, the weekly restaurant closures, Rudy Giuliani’s divorce gets messy, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

It’s a short list of subways that will be disrupted late nights this week. Even still, if you’re on the 1, 4, A, E, or R trains, you’ll want to check before you make late-night plans. (Subway Weekender)

It’s possible that the Cuomo-Byford feud may be softening. (Politico)

The city will allow bicyclists to ride past the United Nations during the General Assembly, a departure from previous years. It still won’t be easy. Each bicyclist will have to pass a security checkpoint before proceeding. (Streetsblog)

The governor announced the state will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes with an emergency ruling. (Politico)

The city will be showing off some early design concepts for the Sunnyside Yards. (Sunnyside Post)

The city is calling its renovation of Fort Greene “routine work” to avoid doing a full environmental review. The Sierra Club is leading a lawsuit against the city for the classification and lack of review. (Patch)

The photos of Battery Park as a wheat field are weird. In 1982 there were two acres of wheat planted as an art installation which also yielded a thousand pounds of wheat. (Untapped Cities)

The MTA was headed for a $392 million budget gap in 2020, but that was before the MTA decided to hire 500 additional police officers. (Politico)

The MTA’s on-time performance rate hit 84% last month from 68% the previous August. The future of the MTA is all in the 2020-2024 capital plan, which hasn’t been made public and will be voted on on October 1. (6sqft)

Where to have a last-minute fancy dinner. (The Infatuation)

“I’m sad to know that the hero of 9/11 has become a liar.” Is anyone surprised that Rudy Giuliani’s divorce is a huge mess? (Splinter)

Luxury apartments are changing the city’s skyline, but they aren’t selling. 25% of the luxury apartments built since 2013 have never been sold. (Gothamist)

Speaking of luxury apartments, there will be 700 new luxury apartments will be built in Dumbo as part of a development on a three-acre parking lot. (NY Times)

A class-action lawsuit over a lack of wine coolers in luxury apartments in Hudson Square. (Patch)

Here are this week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health. No one hit over 100 points, but the Eataly kiosks in Flatiron had the highest violation score. (Patch)

The mayor is fighting back against allegations that his sudden embrace of restricting hotel development in the city has something to do with a presidential endorsement from the Hotel Trades Council union. (Politico)

Would you love to brunch at the new TWA Hotel but don’t want to travel like a peasant to get there? Well, now you can take a private helicopter to brunch from lower Manhattan. (Time Out)

After a few weeks of confusion, the state has clarified that landlords and brokers are both going to be held to the new $20 application fee limit. Before the ruling, agents were charging high fees because a landlord wasn’t allowed to. (Gothamist)

A man with a sword was arrested at the observation deck of the Empire State Building. (amNY)

It’s the kind of trash talk you need to see to believe. (@edenbrower)

Whoops, an NYPD school safety officer was arrested for possession of three pounds of marijuana. (SI Live)

Are you the person who bought a $10 million lotto ticket in the Bronx? (Welcome2TheBronx)

Sometimes trash is old food and mile-long CVS receipts. Sometimes it’s 20,000 slides of fashion shows from the 1980s. (Jezebel)

22 places for a stellar meal in Soho. (Eater)